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Old 10-02-2022, 11:35 AM   #1
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Casita Rivet question

I have replaced two rivets on my Casita. My question is, my rivet gun, does not pop off the stem of the rivet? I use wire cutters to cut it ogg.
What am I doing wrong?
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Old 10-02-2022, 04:37 PM   #2
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Second (or third) grip?

I haven't seen one yet that doesn't pull the stem apart, provided the rivet has been pulled tight enough that the tensile strength of the stem is exceeded. And that's the trick, pulling the head far enough into the 'blind' side to fully wedge the barrel open and assure tightness.
My puller almost always requires two, and quite often three release and re-grip movements to pull enough stem length to complete the squeeze between the 'washer' on the exposed side and the expanding barrel that is hidden.
Try it next time. Press the rivet in the material as far as it will go. Press the puller onto the rivet stem through the center of the 'washer' as far as it will go. Squeeze the puller handle to pull some stem. Release the puller. Press it back onto the rivet 'washer' and squeeze the handle again.

I just replaced the rivets for the awning feet on the side of the Casita. Dummy me tried to reduce wind exposure by winding the awning in while the feet were in the trailer's side. I got so far and then the nearly vertical leg pried the foot holder out.
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Old 10-02-2022, 06:10 PM   #3
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Thanks, I was not doing this completely. My corner rivet broke on the top corner roof area near the front door & microwave. So I will be replacing this very soon.
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Old 10-03-2022, 10:56 AM   #4
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Found this....maybe will help.


https://www.google.com/search?q=how+...0PEPveWZoA0_46
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Old 10-03-2022, 12:26 PM   #5
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Just what I needed. Thanks
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Old 10-03-2022, 02:46 PM   #6
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I understand the technique of riveting a Casita. It would be very helpful to have a chart of the lengths of rivets best used for specific areas on the Casita. Is there one available or are you just using a longish rivet and then capping it with an acorn nut?
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Old 10-03-2022, 03:32 PM   #7
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I agree wish there was a chart. I bought two bags of Rivets & caps from Casita. I push a rivet in use, my best guess. I do use an acorn nut.
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Old 10-08-2022, 10:42 AM   #8
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Exclamation Another Perspective

Rivet failure will not occur unless your entire shell structure is being over-stressed (windows, doors, tanks, et al).
I suggest you first review past operations for potential overloads. Casitas are only strong enough for operation on improved roads.
The first place to look for weakness is in the frame which often rusts from the inside out, particularly at the welded joints. Any defects need to be fixed BEFORE replacing rivets to avoid guarenteed repeat failures.
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Old 10-08-2022, 11:51 AM   #9
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Alternative (temporary?) to Pop-Rivet

In lieu of carrying a pop-rivet tool, on the road I carry a couple of standard ¼” x 20 bolts in my spare parts kit. In a pinch I have found that the ¼” x 20 bolt is compatible with the threaded acorn nuts that Casita uses.

For a temporary fix, that avoids the need for a two-person team to implement a replacement pop-rivet permanent fix.

For a permanent fix, naturally, the trick is to get the right length bolt for the situation. The alternative would be to use a self locking locknut which would approximate the appearance of the acorn nut and then use an angle grinder or hacksaw to cut off the excess threads on the bolt. Using a toothed lock washer might be an alternative substitute to the self locking locknut….
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Old 10-08-2022, 12:11 PM   #11
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Thanks for everyone's advice. This allowed me to replace the rivet properly. After traveling over 20K miles over the last 3 years, I have only had to replace two rivets. One in the bathroom wall & the last one is a roof rivet by the front door. & Cabinet corner.
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Old 10-08-2022, 12:29 PM   #12
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This happened to me once. I had a Harbor Freight rivet tool that was apparently made of a low quality "Chinesieum". I bought a Stanley brand rivet tool which did a proper job. The Stanley tool was also made in China. I guess Stanley specked a better grade of "Chinesium".
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